School of Pharmacy Selected as Initial Partner in Diabetes Project

Wingate University School of Pharmacy Selected as Initial Partner in
APhA Foundation’s Project IMPACT: Diabetes

Wingate, NC – Wingate University School of Pharmacy today announced its selection as the lead organization for the North Carolina Partners Improving Diabetes Care Community, which has been named as one of the 25 communities in the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation’s Project IMPACT: Diabetes. North Carolina Partners Improving Diabetes Care joins the APhA Foundation’s national multi-year initiative to improve care for people disproportionately affected by diabetes across the United States.

Wingate University School of Pharmacy will be serving as the lead organization for North Carolina Partners Improving Diabetes Care in Project IMPACT: Diabetes. Wingate University School of Pharmacy, located in Wingate NC, intends to be a nationally recognized leader in the education of students and pharmacists for the practice of pharmacy in all patient care settings for all patients.

The Wingate University Physician Assistant Program, the Wingate University Faculty & Staff Wellness Clinic, the Union County Employees-Life Care Diabetes Management Program at Wingate University, the Matthews Free Medical Clinic, and Med Care Pharmacy, Franklin Street Pharmacy, and Faulkner’s Drug Store, all three part of the North Carolina Mutual Wholesale Drug Company family of independent pharmacies, will be partnering with Wingate University School of Pharmacy to implement a program that will create a pharmacist-physician assistant health care team collaboration to educate and improve the health of people living with diabetes in Union County, N.C.

Dr. Jacqueline Olin, associate professor, will serve as the Community Champion. The partners will provide care to underserved patients, individuals receiving care at an employee-based clinic, and individuals receiving care at independent pharmacies located in Union County.

The APhA Foundation’s Project IMPACT: Diabetes, IMPROVING AMERICA’S COMMUNITIES TOGETHER, will fully integrate pharmacists into the health care team in an effort to address some of the challenges faced by participants living with diabetes. This 3-year initiative provides knowledge, tools, and implementation resources to each selected community that has created a unique interdisciplinary model to integrate pharmacists into diabetes care.

In November 2010, APhA Foundation was selected as one of four initial grantees in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes®: Communities Uniting to Meet America’s Diabetes Challenge. The $100 million initiative is the largest, corporate philanthropic commitment to date to fight diabetes in the United States.

To learn more about Project IMPACT: Diabetes and the 25 selected communities, visit the Project IMPACT: Diabetes webpage.

About Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Founded in 1896, Wingate University offers 32 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, education, fine arts, music, and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in pharmacy, physician assistant studies, accounting, business, and education. Since opening its doors in 2003, Wingate University’s School of Pharmacy has distinguished itself nationally by the quality of its graduates, an innovative, student-centered curriculum, and creative faculty dedicated to teaching excellence. For more information, please visit the Wingate University website

About the American Pharmacists Association Foundation
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., works to design solutions to medication use problems in America. The APhA Foundation is affiliated with the American Pharmacists Association, the national professional society of pharmacists in the United States. The APhA Foundation’s mission is to optimize the role of pharmacists in improving people’s health. For more information, please visit the APhA Foundation website